But I have raised you upfor this very purpose,that I might show you my power and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth. (Exodus 9:16) For the past several years, I’ve been on a journey of intentionality – of living with a purpose, embarking on everything intentionally. This has all been based on the realization that if I don’t do things on purpose, I won’t do them
Fear. I’ve spent most of my adult life trying to run from it – telling myself that my fears are unjustified and even imagined. I’ve seen counselors and doctors. I’ve cried many, many tears and hidden in too many dark rooms because of fear. I’ve missed out on things I badly wanted to be a part of. I’ve run and run, always chased by the specter of fear that seems
A few years ago, Scott and I went to a local air show. Scott’s father is a pilot, so he grew up around airplanes and different aspects of aviation. As such, he was less enthralled by the stunts of the pilots than he was at the childlike enthusiasm of his wife, who had never seen anything like that. I loved it. I stared, mouth agape, as the planes zoomed overhead
I saw an amazing thing this morning after I dropped my sweet girl off at school. On a busy street corner (really, one of the busiest in town) two men stood in conversation. One of them wore sunglasses, carried a distinctive walking stick, and stood staring straight ahead. The other man stood directly behind him, talking in a low voice into his ear. It quickly became obvious to me what
I don’t like to write too much about parenting here, mainly because I don’t feel like I have enough parental wisdom to use that as a topic for my writing. Sometimes, though, I think my husband and I do something particularly well and I do like to share those experiences in order to inspire or encourage other parents. Being a parent is hard. Really hard, and I think we can
This post was originally written in July 2010. Sadly, it’s still something I struggle with. I needed this reminder today, so maybe it will help you, too. ___________________________________________________ It’s no secret that I struggle with comparing myself to other people. My hair, my clothes, my house, my car, my friendships….all are subject to scrutiny and the impossible task of measuring up. My relationship with the Lord, even, is not exempt.
“How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news!” (Isaiah 52:7) There is something about Belize….or maybe something about mission trips (I wouldn’t know, since my only mission trips have been to Belize) that allows me to see God in a brand new way… In those trips, I discover a way to see God that I am not sure is possible for me in my
After forty days Noah opened a window he had made in the ark and sent out a raven, and it kept flying back and forth until the water had dried up from the earth. Then he sent out a dove to see if the water had receded from the surface of the ground. But the dove could find nowhere to perch because there was water over all the surface of